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Special Needs

Special Health Care Needs

At Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, we are committed to providing a comfortable “dental home” for children with special healthcare needs so they can receive first-rate dentistry in a warm, loving environment. To meet the needs of children with special needs, we offer a variety of treatment options, from several short visits to earn the patient’s trust, to all forms of sedation dentistry.

When you schedule your child’s first visit, we will ask you to fill out a Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. Your answers will provide a good picture of your son or daughter’s personality, ability levels, sensitivities, strengths, and weaknesses. Using this information, we can formulate an appropriate treatment plan that will take into account the dental behavioral needs of your little one.

How We Cater To Special Needs Patients

With the increase in diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), we have tailored the dental experience at our Bridgeport, Shelton & Westport offices to accommodate children with these characteristics. In our experience, we have found that taking small steps is a wonderful way to start the introduction to dental care in an office setting.

Through repetitive tasks and small progressive steps, we can help your child develop a sense of trust and rapport with our dentists. Our office will become a friendly, familiar place after several short visits. Small tasks like sitting in the dental chair and opening wide become important accomplishments!

Every child is different, so we will adapt our goals to each child’s tolerance level. In order to keep the focus on your son or daughter, please do not bring siblings and friends with you to your child’s appointment.

How You Can Help

Parental involvement is a very important part of this process. In order for your child to progress, we ask that you practice the skills we introduce with your child at home as well. If your little one is part of an Individual Educational Program (IEP), we also encourage you to ask for the addition of oral-care training as one of the goals of the self-help plan. We believe many children can attain a high level of comfort in the dental environment by using this approach.

Schedule An Appointment

If you are the parent of a child with special needs, providing dental care for him or her can be an intimidating notion. At Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics, we take every step to ensure both you and your child will be comfortable and happy in our office. Please contact our Bridgeport, Shelton or Westport, CT pediatric dental office today to schedule an appointment.